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River View Park

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River View Park Brochure (PDF)


  1. Amphitheater
  2. Boat Dock
  3. Canoe & Kayak Rental
  4. Farmers' Market
  5. Fishing
  6. Marble Yard
  7. Picnic Shelters
  8. Picnic Tables
  9. Tours
  10. Trails


A cooperative project of several local and state agencies, Kentucky River View Park runs along both banks of the Kentucky River alongside Wilkinson Street in downtown Frankfort. This park provides a scenic riverside picnic area on the banks of the Kentucky River. It is across the street from the Holiday Inn Capital Plaza Hotel.

Historic Sites

There are 16 historic sites including prehistoric and early native cultures along the one mile walking trail. A monument representing the three original Kentucky counties can be found on the trail at the mouth of Benson Creek, a Kentucky River tributary, as well as a refurbished 1800s bridge. Several trail-side panels tell about Frankfort’s many connections to the Kentucky River, and guided tours are available seasonally as well.


The park offers hiking trails - part of an extensive city-wide system - and a picnic shelter and boat dock. From the dock, visitors can tour a beautiful portion of the Kentucky River on the tour boat “Nancy Wilkinson.” Canoes and kayaks can be rented here during summertime. There is also a fishing pier.


Located at the south end of the park is Frankfort’s new Ward Oates Amphitheatre, which provides a serene setting for musical and theatrical presentations.

Perhaps the park’s most popular feature is the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, where shoppers can obtain local vegetables, fruit, meat, flowers, and other produce. The Farmers’ Market is at the west end of Broadway. The market runs May through October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Photo Gallery

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